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Various Artists: Cyberbabies

Disc 1:

  1. Assemblage 23 - Coward (Demo Version) - 5:45
  2. Digit - L.H.L.T. - 2:33
  3. AREA 88 - Shameless - 4:10
  4. Thine Eyes - Heroin Chic - 3:59
  5. .burned - Regret - 5:16
  6. Haloblack - Out of Balance (Remix) 2:10
  7. Noxious Emotion - X-Unknown (V2.0) - 4:57
  8. SpineFolder - Arctalicus - 6:20
  9. Scar Tissue - Choking on Fate (Live Mix) - 3:50
  10. Luxt - Innocence Lost - 4:15
  11. SMP - Fun and Games (Not Option Remix) - 7:25
  12. Fishtank No. 9 - Itself - 3:19

Disc 2:

  1. NIHIL - Different State (Demo Version) - 4:26
  2. Terminal 46 - Paradise Lost Me - 3:55
  3. Ipecac Loop - Music Box - 1:03
  4. 16 Volt - The Dreams That Rot In Your Heart - 3:38
  5. Necrofix - Passion's Folly - 4:38
  6. Pain Station - Closer To The Edge - 4:10
  7. Battery - Transit - 4:13
  8. Heliphobe - R12 - 5:35
  9. Dystopia One - Etc Versus Vice Versa - 3:15
  10. Form/Alkaline - Explant - 3:35
  11. Vault Point Nine - Wire Junkies (Demo Version) - 4:35
  12. Xovan - Amokel - 6:18
  13. Fear Feeds Fear - Raped - 4:57

While the concept of Cyberbabies is relatively a simple one, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see the hole in the logic behind this compilation. In essence, the whole purpose of this compilation is to shop a completed release to a record label in hopes of getting them to release it as well as take notice of the myriad of talent contained within. The key selling point is the fact that most of the artists on the compilation are supposed to be unsigned, yet a quick count reveals that a full third of the artists actually already have record contracts. Immediately the gaping hole in the marketing concept becomes apparent.

Of course, it's not to say that this compilation isn't filled with a variety of talented artists from all across the Industrial genre, because that is simply not the case. The issue is that the timeliness of this compilation has lagged so far behind that five of the artists present on Cyberbabies obtained record deals between the time they submitted a track to this compilation and the time it was ready to be marketed to the record labels. Oops! Don't get me wrong, it's not that the Cyberbabies concept shouldn't be lauded for it's honorable intentions, it's just that it could have been put together with a little more expedience.

That all being said, lets take a closer look at the artists. By far and away the best track on this compilation is the record opener, Assemblage 23. I've been following Tom Shear for quite a few years and it is abundantly clear from this track alone that if a label doesn't snatch him up fast, they will rue the day their competitor does. Thine Eyes also contribute a track that showcases their bizarrely unique programming skills that have finally landed them an album deal with Kodex Records. Finally, SpineFolder's rather noisey style of drum rhythms and percussion is sure to earn them a great deal of attention if an A&R guy bothers to get his head out of his ass for long enough to give them a listen.

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